At Folsom Prison

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Johnny Cash's monumental At Folsom Prison remains a touchstone for country artists in and out of the mainstream, and a landmark in Cash's career, coming at the moment when he was ascending to the Mount Olympus of beloved American artists. As a statement of purpose, At Folsom Prison explores all the styles Cash has made his own and championed as the years have passed -- it's as honest an album as any artist has ever recorded. Bonus tracks include "Busted," "Joe Bean," and the tall tale Cash owns, "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer." Cash's original, Grammy-winning liner notes are reproduced, and he's added an intimate, personal reflection on this project to boot; for good...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Johnny Cash's monumental At Folsom Prison remains a touchstone for country artists in and out of the mainstream, and a landmark in Cash's career, coming at the moment when he was ascending to the Mount Olympus of beloved American artists. As a statement of purpose, At Folsom Prison explores all the styles Cash has made his own and championed as the years have passed -- it's as honest an album as any artist has ever recorded. Bonus tracks include "Busted," "Joe Bean," and the tall tale Cash owns, "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer." Cash's original, Grammy-winning liner notes are reproduced, and he's added an intimate, personal reflection on this project to boot; for good measure, Steve Earle puts in his evocative two cents' worth in the liner copy as well.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Folsom Prison looms large in Johnny Cash's legacy, providing the setting for perhaps his definitive song and the location for his definitive album, At Folsom Prison. The ideal blend of mythmaking and gritty reality, At Folsom Prison is the moment when Cash turned into the towering Man in Black, a haunted troubadour singing songs of crime, conflicted conscience, and jail. Surely, this dark outlaw stance wasn't a contrivance but it was an exaggeration, with Cash creating this image by tailoring his set list to his audience of prisoners, filling up the set with tales of murder and imprisonment -- a bid for common ground with the convicts, but also a sly way to suggest that maybe Cash really did shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Given the cloud of death that hangs over the songs on At Folsom Prison, there's a temptation to think of it as a gothic, gloomy affair or perhaps a repository of rage, but what's striking about Cash's performance is that he never romanticizes either the crime or the criminals: if anything, he underplays the seriousness with his matter-of-fact ballad delivery or how he throws out wry jokes. Cash is relating to the prisoners and he's entertaining them too, singing "Cocaine Blues" like a bastard on the run, turning a death sentence into literal gallows humor on "25 Minutes to Go," playing "I Got Stripes" as if it were a badge of pride. Never before had his music seemed so vigorous as it does here, nor had he tied together his humor, gravity, and spirituality in one record. In every sense, it was a breakthrough, but more than that, At Folsom Prison is the quintessential Johnny Cash album, the place where his legend burns bright and eternal. [This Expanded Edition of At Folsom Prison added three bonus tracks to the songs included in the original 16-track LP.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646595527
  • Catalog Number: 65955
  • Sales rank: 9,596

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Folsom Prison Blues (2:42)
  2. 2 Busted (1:24)
  3. 3 Dark as the Dungeon (3:04)
  4. 4 I Still Miss Someone (1:37)
  5. 5 Cocaine Blues (3:01)
  6. 6 25 Minutes to Go (3:31)
  7. 7 Orange Blossom Special (3:00)
  8. 8 The Long Black Veil (3:57)
  9. 9 Send a Picture of Mother (2:10)
  10. 10 The Wall (1:36)
  11. 11 Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog (1:30)
  12. 12 Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart (2:17)
  13. 13 Joe Bean (2:25)
  14. 14 Jackson - June Carter Cash (3:12)
  15. 15 Give My Love to Rose - June Carter Cash (2:40)
  16. 16 I Got Stripes (1:57)
  17. 17 The Legend of John Henry's Hammer (7:08)
  18. 18 Green, Green Grass of Home (2:29)
  19. 19 Greystone Chapel (6:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Carter Family Vocals
Carl Perkins Electric Guitar
The Statler Brothers Vocals
June Carter Cash Vocals, Track Performer
Marshall Grant Bass, Bass Guitar
Luther Perkins Electric Guitar
W.S. Holland Drums
Al Casey Guitar
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Liner Notes
Shel Silverstein Composer
Bud Freeman Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler Composer
Steven Berkowitz Producer
June Carter Cash Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Bob Johnston Producer, Audio Production
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Bob Irwin Producer, Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Darcy Proper Mastering
Gaby Rodgers Composer
Juliana Myrick Packaging Manager, Package Manager
Woody Pornpitaksuk Author
Léon Pober Composer
G. Shirley Composer
T.J. "Red" Arnall Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    At Folsom Prison Is An Inspring Live Folk Performance.

    In a radical tour de force, Johnny Cash gave his standout performance
    at California's Folsom Prison in 1968, which was captured in his highly
    acclaimed live folk album that same year. With it's unique mixture of
    inspiring folk music and down home country and western virtuosity, The
    Man In Black captivated and inspired the prisoners who had attended the
    packed room where he performed, and it has been said that the live act
    change many of the prisoners' lives. Backed by his jubilent Top Ten
    reindition of Folsom Prison Blues, the live performance have struck a
    chord among his fans- admirers, The Nashville Establisment and the folk
    music scene when At Folsom Prison became a blockbuster hit and made The
    Ten Best List critics' album list for 1968.
    Known as a country and western titan, Johnny Cash was even known
    as a powerful folk singer who captivated both audiences and listeners
    with his moving and inspirational folk music artistry. (From 1957 to
    2004, Cash would released more folk albums than his country and western
    albums). What is even so ironic about about The Man In Black is this
    live album even has the power to inspire those who are in need of hope
    and salvation, thanks to his proud support for civil rights causes and
    advocating for the help of the downtrodden, among others. Now thanks to
    Columbia Records and Sony Music, we can listen to At Folsom Prison in
    it's digitally-remastered expanded format, which makes it 100% more
    complete and restored to perfection. It is one of many music works that
    will always test the boundaries of right or wrong!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank you Johnny

    This is the best live album ever made, has Johnny Cash's greatest hits, and reminds you why Johnny Cash is one of the greatest entertainers to ever live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best live album ever

    An artist with a mic and a guitar in front of an audience of convicts playing live has to be the ultimate test of true talent and Mr.Cash is nothing less than superb on this album.This album contains the definitive rendition of "Folsom Prison Blues" as well as 18 other great songs.With the prison announcements and the clinks and clangs of the metal that he is surrounded by Mr.Cash recorded what many consider not just the greatest live country album but prehaps the greatest live album in any genre. Get a copy today and see why Johhny Cash is the greatest country artist of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    it rocks, baby!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IN PRISON

    FOLSOM PRISON BLUES ROCKS IT IS ONE OF THE BEST SONGS HE SINGS

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